Someone and Anyone

“I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far away he doesn’t expect to arrive.”

Boast of Quietness

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Just thought I should re-post this. One of the most beautiful poems I’ve come across.

Someone and Anyone

Here is a powerful poem by Jorge Luis Borges. (Emphasis mine.)

Writings of light assault the darkness, more prodigious than meteors.
The tall unknowable city takes over the countryside.
Sure of my life and death, I observe the ambitious and would like to understand them.
Their day is greedy as a lariat in the air.
Their night is a rest from the rage within steel, quick to attack.
They speak of humanity.

My humanity is in feeling we are all voices of that same poverty.
They speak of homeland.

My homeland is the rhythm of a guitar, a few portraits, an old sword,the willow grove’s visible prayer as evening falls.
Time is living me.
More silent than my shadow, I pass through the loftily covetous multitude.
They are indispensable, singular, worthy of tomorrow.
My name is someone and anyone.
I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far…

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July 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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Call for Participation: The 2nd Oktave Micro-workshop

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OKTAVE MICRO-WORKSHOP SERIES 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

http://omw.oktave.in/index.php/omw-events/details/2-omw-2-general-topics

The Oktave Micro-Workshop on General Topics in Information Management will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2009 at IIIT-Bangalore.

After rigorous peer-review, the following papers have been accepted for presentation at this micro-workshop:

1. A Tutorial Introduction to Information Networks: Part-I

Srinath Srinivasa

Abstract: This paper, as part of a multi-part series aims to provide a tutorial introduction to the growing field of the theory of information networks. Information networks are networks of information processing elements set up to meet information needs in any population. This part of the tutorial takes a philosophical perspective on information networks and motivates its significance. This is done by contrasting information exchange with material exchange and providing examples of information networks from nature. The paper then sets a roadmap for the rest of the tutorials to follow.

2. User Authentication in a Pervasive Environment

Karthick Lakshmanan

Abstract: Pervasive computing is a storehouse of opportunities to do research in multitudes of challenging issues with the objective of providing a minimally obtrusive and seamless computing environment to the users. To achieve this aim, the user should be able to access information through different computing environments on the go. The user access should be authenticated to have a secure access to the computing environment. Thus, user authentication systems form an integral part of the overall pervasive environment. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the challenges associated with the design of a secure and seamless user authentication system for a pervasive environment and discusses the proposed solutions in related researches.

Please register for the micro-workshop here.

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March 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Call for Participation: Oktave Micro-Workshop

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OKTAVE MICRO-WORKSHOP SERIES 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

http://omw.oktave.in/index.php/omw-events/details/1-omw-1-multi-agent-systems

The Oktave Micro-Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2009 at IIIT-Bangalore.

After rigorous peer-review, the following papers have been accepted for presentation at this micro-workshop:

1. iLearn – Collaborative Learning System

Abhilash L L, Bharath Palavalli, Harsha K, Ricardo Lage

Abstract: iLearn is a multi-agent learning management system that provides a platform focused on promoting student interactions. The agent environment will allow students seeking help to find the students providing help. The incentive system also ’persuades’ students to improve themselves and offer more help to a lot of different students thus improving the overall quality of content in the system. The system also provides incentives to faculty for generating high quality content and for spending extra time helping students.

2. Energy Control Game Model for Dynamic Spectrum Scanning

Jyotsna Bapat, et al.

Please register for the micro-workshop here.

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March 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Loving Twitter

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I’m into micro-blogging these days. That means this blog is going to be updated all the more infrequently. I’m totally loving Twitter. As with most other things, I got hooked on to it rather late. But the natural way of communication that it facilitates has me totally captivated. Then again, I had felt similarly about blogs, and then this thing known as “blogger burnout” happened. Ah, well… I hope I don’t experience “Twitter burnout” too soon.

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February 5, 2009 at 12:22 am

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Stock Market Humor

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Seen as the Google Chat status message of Deepak Joshi, my dear friend and cousin:

Love the stock markets. They make you feel good about everything else.

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November 21, 2008 at 11:13 am

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Topical Anchors

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My friend Aditya is conducting an experiment about “topical anchors”. Given a set of related words, a topical anchor is a word or phrase that best represents the given set of words. Quoting Aditya:

For example, if given the words ‘Sachin Tendulkar’, ‘Sourav Ganguly’ and ‘Rahul Dravid’, you have to answer with words about the subject they represent like ‘Cricket’, ‘India’ and you can also add ‘Batsmen’.

and

For the words ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Goofy’, you can think of the representative words to be ‘Disney’ and ‘cartoon’. There is no one right answer to the questions but do not be too generic by answering ‘humans’, ‘earthlings’ for the above mentioned cricketers and similarly do not be opinionated by answering ‘gods of cricket’, ‘old losers’. We need an answer which will represent the words best.

Aditya has developed some algorithms for automatically determining the topical anchors for a given set of words. He wants to calibrate his algorithms against human feedback. So, if you’re free, please do participate in this experiment and provide feedback.

Thanks.

Harry Vs Draco

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Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are the frontrunners for the “Best Student of the Year” award at Hogwarts. Professor Dumbledore suggests that they play a certain game (invented by a great wizard) to determine the winner. Dumbledore describes the game to Harry and Draco as follows.

Consider a board as below, with two distinct non-zero integers m and n “thrown” onto it. At the beginning of the game, Dumbledore, as the impartial referee, will provide m and n. Then, there will be a toss to decide who gets to make the first move. The winner of the toss can either make the first move himself or invite his opponent to make the first move.

When his turn comes, each player has to introduce a new positive integer onto the board such that it is the difference between any two existing integers on the board.

For example:

First move: Player 1 would introduce k = |m – n|

Second move: Player 2 would introduce either x = |m – k| or y = |n – k|

Third move: (Assuming that Player 2 introduced x = |m – k| in the second move) Player 1 introduces either u = |m – x| or v = |n – x| or w = |k – x| or y = |n – k|

Fourth move: Player 2 introduces…

and so on…

The game goes on like this and concludes only when one of the players finds it impossible to introduce any more new numbers to the board; the other player thus wins.

Well, now, the stage is set. Dumbledore has provided m and n. Harry has won the toss!

Can you help Harry ensure that he wins the game? Who should make the first move and why?

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May 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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